By Cecilia Nasmith
The Cobourg Cougars kicked off the 2019-2020 Ontario Junior A Hockey League season with a puck drop by Mayor John Henderson on home ice – and a pre-game surprise as well.
The afternoon before the game, the team and mayor joined forces to unveil a six-ft. sign that offers them official congratulations on their 2017 National Championship win.
It will be a permanent fixture on the grounds of the Cobourg Community Centre (750 D'Arcy St.) just north of the front entrance that designates the facility “Home of 2017 National Champions Cobourg Cougars” and lists the team members.
Cougars governor Marc Mercier said in the town's press release that the commemoration of this achievement is gratifying, showing what is possible when an entire community rallies around a common goal.
“We wish to thank Mayor John Henderson, town council and staff for their collective support in recognizing the Cougars’ incredible accomplishment and wishing us well this season,” Mercier said.
In May 2017, the Cobourg Cougars hosted the 45th annual National Junior A Championship at the CCC. After eight days of competition, the team celebrated the championship win after an overtime goal against the Brooks Bandits from Brooks, Alberta.
Henderson acknowledged the spirit of the Cougars and the role it plays in the community, as does the spirit of all its amazing teams.
“When the Cobourg Cougars won the National Championship, the entire community celebrated with them,” he recalled.
“I am delighted to acknowledge this major accomplishment, and wish the team the best of luck this season.”